Where to Dine In Jackson County

Coach’s Bistro at Jarrett House
Coach’s Bistro at Jarrett House Sara Kendall

We’ve laid out a great family vacation spot for you in Jackson County, NC, including fabulous places to stay and fun activities for all. Now for the best part of any trip....the food! Experiencing a fun local restaurant to indulging in some local cuisine only heightens the excitement of a trip away from home. From a chocolate factory to fun hangouts to fine dining, here are 8 places to eat and drink while in Jackson County – enough to please everyone’s tastes and desires.

Canyon Kitchen in Cashiers

Canyon Kitchen by Sara Kendall
Canyon Kitchen Sara Kendall

In view of a stunningly beautiful granite mountain, you’ll find the equally stunning Canyon Kitchen. Canyon Kitchen is a farm to table dining experience by acclaimed chef, Adam Hayes, a winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen – one among many accolades. Hayes whips up unique combinations to deliver a wow factor with every bite. Dining here is a true pleasure. It’s usually a full house, so you’ll want to make reservations in advance to indulge in this extraordinary culinary experience.

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Coach’s Bistro in The Jarrett House in Dillsboro

Coach's Bistro at Jarrett House by Sara Kendall
Coach’s Bistro at Jarrett House Sara Kendall

Newly opened, this restaurant knows what good food is. From southern comfort food to European tastes, a nice range of menu options exists here. Co-owner Constantine Roumel brings authentic Greek entrees from his youth on the island of Crete. Coach’s houses the only full bar in town and invites guests to join them in a comfortable, casual setting from Tuesday to Saturday.

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Evolution Wine Kitchen in Sylva

Evolution Wine Kitchen by Sara Kendall
Evolution Wine Kitchen Sara Kendall

Down Main Street, Evolution Wine Kitchen is a small wine bar, restaurant, and bottle shop. In the evenings, order small plates with big flavors from the counter and pull up a chair among the other guests in the communal setting. Goat cheese truffles, olive plates, and cool sliders are just the beginnings of a tasty dinner. Pair the fabulous food with a choice from over 300 wines. On your way out, you can purchase a bottle of infused olive oils like basil lemon or raspberry, or balsamic vinegars including vanilla fig.

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Buck’s Coffee Café in Cashiers

Bucks Coffee Cafe by Sara Kendall
Bucks Coffee Cafe Sara Kendall

It’s part coffee shop and part retail shop all wrapped into a cozy atmosphere – the perfect place to hang out. Try a pastry, bagel, or a bowl of oatmeal for a morning meal or baked goods for afternoon snack. Of course, the biggest reason people come here is for the specialty coffees and teas.

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory in Dillsboro

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory by Sara Kendall
Dillsboro Chocolate Factory Sara Kendall

Who likes a sweet treat? Everyone! In addition to the enormous selection of chocolate treats, you can find old-fashioned candies, fudge, truffles, and much more – they even carry Moonshine Peanut Brittle. Need a jolt of caffeine - you can pick up a cup of delicious coffee to add to top off your afternoon sugar fix.

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Heinzelmannchen Brewery & Innovation Brewing in Sylva

Heinzelmannchen & Innovation Brewery by Sara Kendall
Heinzelmannchen & Innovation Brewery Sara Kendall

When the time comes to quench your thirst with a local craft beer, then, Sylva is the place to be. The first and oldest brewery in Jackson County, Heinzelmannchen offers refreshing German beers in tastings or by the pints. On your way out, you can even purchase a 2-liter Growler of your favorite beer, or beers. At Innovation Brewing, the brewers here like to experiment with a variety of fun and fresh ingredients to change the way their customers think about beer. Their menu is constantly changing and evolving.

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Jack the Dipper Ice Cream Shop in Sylva

Jack the Dipper Ice Cream by Sara Kendall
Jack the Dipper Ice Cream Sara Kendall

On most people’s favorite things to do while on a trip list, is a stop at the locals favorite ice cream shop. In Sylva, that’s Jack the Dipper. At Jack the Dipper, the smell of freshly baked waffle cones fills the air as you contemplate the over 40 hand-dipped flavors to make your selection. Everyone is sure to find something they will like.

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